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Families Donate To HART Residents

Families Donate To HART Residents
BSP customer experience department staff having lunch at My Suva Park after visiting Valelevu Hart on September 7, 2017. Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
September 08
15:20 2017

Part of their social obligation Bank South Pacific (BSP) staff visited residents of the Housing Assistance and Relief Trust (HART) in Valelevu with their children yesterday.

Fiji headquarters Customer Service Experience department manager Luisa Nakauciri said they took their children to Nasinu, outside Suva so that they can also experience the rewards of helping the unfortunate and marginalised in our society.

The 16 member bank staff took boxes of groceries and conversed with the Housing Assistance and Relief Trust (HART) residents.

“As a team we like to reach out and I was discussing with one of my staff what kind of reach out we could do. The suggestion was to go to the less fortunate,” Ms Nakauciri said.

“This is the first time we are doing this, instead of going as a big group we did this as a department initiative.

“Today (yesterday) is a well spent holiday for us.”

Apart from the usual $10 a fortnight contribution (soli), the team financed their initiative from selling sandwiches over three months from June to August.

They raised $700 from the sandwich sales.

“We started out selling egg and tuna sandwiches around the office twice a week for $2 a parcel,” she said.

“It was a fulfilling and humbling experience.

“Our children enjoyed the day and had the opportunity to experience with us the gift of sharing and valuing the elderly, marginalised and unfortunate.

“We will definitely visit them again on Christmas as this has given us an insight about what is really happening out there.”

Meanwhile HART home caretaker Kolinio Naivalu said residents and staff appreciated the visit.

“We are happy that they thought of visiting us during this public holiday. There have been other organisations that have visited the residents but this is the first time for BSP staff to visit us,” he said.

At the moment we have 16 women and about seven men staying in the home. The age groups are mostly people in their 50’s to 70’s.Some residents have families but I think the visit meant more to those that don’t have any family members and they were grateful for the visit,” he said.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola


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